Melamine is a resin made by the man that, when heated and placed in a mold, becomes a very durable plastic, but still flexible when cooled. It is used for things like countertops, tableware and kitchen. It is mainly used as cover end on furniture or wood fiber products shelves, but tends to be made in a few colors or prints similar to natural wood. Painting melamine is not as easy as painting some other materials because of its very smooth surface. Preparation for successful aerosol painting on melamine is required.
- Clean the surface of the melamine with a damp sponge to remove any dust, dirt and other debris. For any sticky or greasy build up on melamine, add a few drops of liquid soap to a bowl of water and soak the sponge before cleaning. Allow the surface to dry completely.
- Fleet very fine sandpaper (grain 220 to 240) on the melamine to scrape the material and make it easier for the paint to adhere. Remove the dust from the sanding with the damp sponge and let the melamine dry.
- Place plastic sheets on the floor and place two pieces of wood on the top of the plastic. Place the melamine on the pieces of wood and spray an even layer of primer over the top and ends. Allow the primer to dry according to the drying times that appear on the can.
- Lift the piece of melamine and place waxed paper on the wood to prevent melamine from sticking to the wood. Place the primed side of the melamine on the wax paper and the wood, and spray the second side with primer. Let it dry completely.
- Spray the melamine with a uniform layer of enamel paint on the top and ends. Remove any paint that is dripping with a clean, dry cloth to stop the formation of drops on the edges. Let it dry for about an hour and then check carefully to make sure there are no areas with less paint. Apply a second coat if necessary and then let it dry for the interval that appears on the container.
- Put new strips of wax paper and spin the melamine to spray on the second side in the same way. Do not move or melt the melamine for at least 12 hours to allow the paint to heal completely.